Designers for the International Garden Festival 2013 announced

The International Garden Festival is pleased to announce the names of the designers selected by the jury for the 14th edition of the Festival. Six new projects were selected to be featured at the 2013 edition that will exhibit more than 20 conceptual gardens. The 14th edition of the Festival will open on Saturday, June 22, 2013. The competition attracted a record 290 proposals for contemporary gardens submitted by over 725 architects, landscape architects, designers and artists from 31 countries. All of the submissions will be displayed on the Festival web site in January at

The six selected projects are:

* Sacré potager by atelier barda (Patrick Morand, Antonio Di Bacco, Cécile Combelle and Julien Pinard) from Montreal and Paris

* Courtesy of Nature by Johan Selbing and Anouk Vogel of Amsterdam

* Dead Garden II by Carlos M. Teixeira of Belo Horizonte, Brazil

* Edge Effect by Snohetta (Claire Fellman, Nick Koster, Karli Molter, Misako Murata and Maura Rockcastle) of New York

* Pink Punch by Nicholas Croft and Michaela MacLeod of New York

* Smart Small by Ecoid (Yongkyu Kim and Jonghyun Baek) of Wellesley, Massachusetts

Two projects received special mentions from the jury: Champ Libre by Tagteam Studio (Elisabeth and Jessica Charbonneau) and Amandine Guillard of Montreal; Secured by Design by Planit IE (Ed Lister, Louisa Paybody, Duncan Paybody, Vladimir Guculak and Pete Robinson) of London, UK.

The jury members were: Philippe Baylaucq, filmmaker and director of the 2009 film Il était deux fois un jardin; André Delisle, director of the Musée du Château Ramezay Museum and collaborator in the presentation of the Métis-sur-Montréal project on the Place de la Dauversière since 2008; Suresh Perera, architect and designer of Forest.Square.Sky for the 2009 and 2010 editions of the Festival; Sophie Gironnay, director of the Maison de l’architecture du Québec in Montréal; and Alexander Reford, director of Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens and the International Garden Festival.

The International Garden Festival is the leading contemporary garden festival in North America. Presented since 2000, the Festival has exhibited more than 130 gardens on the festival site as well as extra-mural gardens in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, France, Italy and the United Kingdom.

The International Garden Festival is presented with the financial assistance of many public and private partners: Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Tourisme Québec, Canada Summer Jobs, Emploi-Québec, Canada Blooms and Landscape Ontario. Hydro-Québec has been a major partner of Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens since 1999 and is the lead sponsor of the 14th edition of the International Garden Festival.

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